Ian Warden

Ian Warden

Ian Warden is a columnist for The Canberra Times

Gang-gang: Skywhale terrifies the leprechauns

Ian Warden Readers, ogle today's olde black and white photograph, taken on the wharf at Tathra in 1914, and notice how spruce the civilian men are in their Sunday best.

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. 'Why don't you go yourself?

Ian Warden Not every eligible man yet to enlist was a cowardly milksop, Broken Hill's Barrier Miner growled 100 years ago today.

Gang-gang. We will all go together when we go

A mural by Byrd at Frencham Place in Downer. The mural is based on a famous wartime photograph of two women of the Australian Land Army going cheerfully off to work.

Ian Warden Canberra's suburban associations can be fountains of NIMBY misery.

Gang-gang – 100 years ago: Lord Northcliffe sees the light at last

Newspaper baron Lord Northcliffe found that war helped enlighten his views on women.

Ian Warden One hundred years ago this week Melbourne's feminist, suffragist weekly The Woman Voter was aghast at the way in which the first Australian wounded of the war had just come home (disembarking at...

Gang-gang - 100 years ago: Feverish knitting battled on the homefront

Ian Warden This week 100 years ago, Victorian housewives and schoolchildren galore were assisting the war effort by knitting socks for soldiers. But, horror!

Gang-gang. Amadeus twinkles at the ANU

Young Mozart at the keyboard.

Ian Warden Hurrying across the duck-infested campus of the Australian National University on Tuesday there was a spring in our step because we were on our way to a free lunchtime concert of the music of Mozart.

Gang-gang. Biting satire, nibbling satire

Ian Warden This column likes to try and help you forget perhaps for a while your drab, wretched lives* and so today to lift your spirits we bring you John Bundock's photograph of one of the ACT's...

Gang-gang: 'A man must have at least eight sound grinders'

Ian Warden 100 years ago this week, men of the Goulburn region were discovering that a passionate love of king and country and a desire to crush the Huns were not enough to get one into uniform.

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. Poignant flurry of last-minute confetti

Ian Warden Gang-gang. 100 years ago. quick wedding

Gang-gang: Convenient truths of a CBD

Ian Warden It's no wonder that citizens feel a special fondness for their city's public lavatories they have been glad to dash to in extremis.

Gang-gang: Namadgi's eight-legged movie star shuns limelight

Eight-legged movie star Maratus harrisi is an elusive star.

Ian Warden In recent days this column has been gibbering excitedly about how someone has deservedly had his name enshrined in another species.

Gang-gang 100 years ago: 'This callous disregard for our broken heroes'

Ian Warden Just months are leaving for war, the wounded returned without fanfare.

Gang-gang 100 years ago: Slamming the unChristian 'Christians'

Randall Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury, was lambasted over the removal of a Christmas Day egg for workhouse children.

Ian Warden One hundred years ago, Brisbane's The Worker was thundering about the gulf separating the Christians from the Christ-like.

Gang-gang. World-famous Australians that never embarrass us

Ian Warden Fogeys keep writing letters to the Editor to ask why turbulent Nick Kyrgios and troubled Bernard Tomic cannot be as nice as Lew Hoad and Ken Rosewall were.

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. 'Those fiendish Germans'

World War I Germans as mad brutes in a propaganda poster

Ian Warden One hundred years ago this week Australia's mass-circulation papers were promoting the popular belief that the Germans were a uniquely barbarous race.

Portable politics is a diplomat in a basket

Australia's Sir Frederic Eggleston being carried in Chungking

Ian Warden After looking at our black and white picture of an important-looking and well-fed-looking European man being carried down a precipitous and obviously oriental stairway by some straining...

Gang-gang. 100 Years Ago. Age. Sleepless in Southend-on-Sea

Vintage Southend-On-Sea travel poster.

Ian Warden In the Great War Germany's first air raids on England were made (how typical of the cowardly and cruel Huns, it was alleged) on defenceless seaside towns

Gang-gang: To be tired of Canberra is to be tired of life


Ian Warden Canberra is alive with the sound of music as Handel's Messiah comes to the capital.

Gang-gang. 100 years ago. 'These flag-flapping Shylocks'

Ian Warden Socialists have all the best insights and 100 years ago this week Sydney's clear-sighted Australian Worker saw clean through fat capitalism.